Our growing family (of soon-to-be 6) LOVES visiting Disney World! Through the years we have shared some of the ways we make Disney affordable for our family. Now I figured I would share them with YOU.
- Save on parking by traveling to your Disney theme park via hotel trolley. If booking a hotel off of Disney grounds be sure to find one that offers this. With parking now $17 the savings here add up fast.
- Plan on visiting a Disney resort before visiting the parks? Resorts offer free parking and buses to the Disney Theme parks. We have visited Fort Wilderness just to enjoy one of their incredible restaurants and then hopped on the bus for a theme park. This makes for a fun Disney filled day- with FREE parking.
- Our family uses the Disney Rewards Visa where we earn a % back from our spendings that is then redeemable as Disney Reward Dollars. When buying gas & groceries in a month we can earn more than enough Disney Reward Dollars to score free parking.
- Skip the sodas & combos! This could save you around $5 per person PER MEAL. Pack a water bottle and stay hydrated all day. We love using our brita water filter bottles and enjoy clean filtered water from anywhere while on the go. Also keep in mind that any vender at the park serving fountain drinks is required to give you FREE large cups of ice water when you ask for them.
- Disney also has an family friendly policy that allows you to pack food to enjoy at the park. Disney Crew checking you into the park are trained to give you instructions to the best picnic places within the park for your family to enjoy. We always pack snacks, drinks, and often meals.
- Another way to save on food that I have read about (but not tried) is by using grocery delivery services. Want to save money while staying at one of Disney’s hotels. Pack groceries or research some of Orlando’s grocery delivery services.
Enjoy a Day for FREE:
- Take a resort tour. These are especially fun around Christmas when you can admire all the incredibile Christmas decor in the many resort lobbies.
- Spend the day at Downtown Disney or Disney’s Boardwalk. Keep in mind you will want to spend money on food and shopping while you are there. My family always loves scoring free chocolate samples at Downtown Disney’s Ghiradelle store, playing with legos at the Lego store, and packing bathing suits to jump in the free spray ground. You could also use Disney Reward Dollars to pay nothing to eat and shop at any of the Downtown Disney and Disney Boardwalk store!
- Take advantage of one of the MANY Time Share sales pitches available at any number of the Orlando resorts. We did this one year and were able to negotiate with the resort booking agent to get 3 tickets PER person to Disney just for sitting through a 3 hour time share sales pitch. And no, we didn’t end up deciding to participate in the time share.
Additional Simple Savings Tips
- Consider visiting the parks during an “off season“. This is a great option to keep you and your family from standing in the long lines, crowded streets, and hot Summer sun that often accompany any FL Spring/Summer visit.
- To save even more money… I would also suggest skipping a park hopper pass– unless traveling without kids. There is so much to do at every park, we rarely make it beyond one park on any given day. For our family, the Disney Annual passes (with black out dates) and Disney Visa Card allow us to pay for Disney all year long for our entire family 6 at the cost for under $600.
- To make the most of your visit, take advantage of some of Disney Worlds great programs like the FastPass+. To take advantage of this you will need to purchase your park tickets in advance. We plan our Disney days in advance and select what top 3 rides we want to ride from the comfort of our own home. Then when we get to the parks we can enjoy the day and avoid the lines. Visit here for more information on the Disney FastPass+…
My “handsom-er” 4 year old taking on Gaston!